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Broad Perspectives of Girth Weld Tensile Strain Response

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Yong-Yi Wang, Ming Liu

Center for Reliable Energy Systems, Dublin, OH

Timothy Weeks, Mark Richards, David McColskey

NIST - Boulder, Boulder, CO

David Horsley

BP - Exploration and Production Technology, Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. IPC2010-31369, pp. 159-163; 5 pages
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 4
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 27–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4423-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3885-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Tensile strain capacity (TSC) is a critical component of the strain-based design of pipelines. TSC is affected by a number of material parameters, such as the strain hardening rate, weld strength mismatch, and toughness. Girth weld high-low misalignment, internal pressure, and flaw size are additional influential parameters. The impact of those parameters can be rationalized by fracture mechanics principles and is supported by an increasingly large library of experimental test data. A number of predictive TSC models are under development. One of the most significant challenges in the development of these models is the scatter of experimental test data. As more test data are collected with specially arranged precision instrumentation, it is become apparent that the scatter of test data is a matter of true material response. It is, therefore, critical to see beyond the scatter and understand the overall material behavior in the development and validation of TSC models. This paper highlights the material behavior observed in a large number of large-scale experimental tests. The material response is then classified into different categories to assist the understanding of the experimental data scatter and rationalize the trends expected from test data.

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